Communal Table

Communal Table

Jessica Craig Talks About Nurturing Talent, Jamaican Excellence, and Kitchen Dance Parties
Dec 12, 2019 13:27

Jessica Craig Talks About Nurturing Talent, Jamaican Excellence, and Kitchen Dance Parties

It took one civil law class for Jessica Craig to figure out that she didn't want to spend time behind a desk. Luckily for the sweets-loving diners of New York City, she's found her calling as the powerhouse executive pastry chef at L'Artusi, and a role model for young people in the industry. Craig sat down for a heartfelt talk about nurturing talent, the importance of Jamaican cuisine, the heartbreaking history of shoebox lunches, and why she rocks out to Beyonce with her team.
Paul Kahan Talks About Healthy Boundaries, Humble Leadership, and Corgis
Dec 05, 2019 14:27

Paul Kahan Talks About Healthy Boundaries, Humble Leadership, and Corgis

Opening just one long-lived, much-loved restaurant in a super-competitive city would be a dream come true for most chefs. Along with his One-Off Hospitality business partners, Paul Kahan has been keeping Chicagoans happily fed since 1997, with restaurants like Blackbird, Publican, Avec (and plenty others) each offering their own distinct menu, vibe, and area of particular expertise. Yet rather than burning out from all the tasks at hand, Kahan manages to stay impressively balanced, focused, and always evolving. While he was on the road to promote his new cookbook Cooking for Good Times, Kahan sat down for an open-hearted conversation about leadership, why humility is the key to enduring partnerships, and the power of live music.
Josh Niland Talks About Fish Butchery, Life After Cancer, and His Brilliant Wife
Nov 21, 2019 14:17

Josh Niland Talks About Fish Butchery, Life After Cancer, and His Brilliant Wife

When life gave Josh Niland a second chance, he made a conscious choice not to waste a second of it. The Sydney-based chef underwent intensive cancer treatment as a kid, and from his teen years onward, he's devoted himself to his craft, revolutionizing the way that restaurants butcher, store, and serve every bit of a fish, and doing his best to spread the word through demos all over the world, his restaurant, Saint Peter, and his stunning The Whole Fish Cookbook. Food & Wine's deputy editor Melanie Hansche—a fellow Aussie and restaurant owner—joined the conversation to delve into Niland's mission, passion, and how he balances work and family.
Big Gay Ice Cream's Doug Quint Talks About Subway Rats, Mental Health, and Business
Nov 14, 2019 33:19

Big Gay Ice Cream's Doug Quint Talks About Subway Rats, Mental Health, and Business

Big Gay Ice Cream may have started out as a joke, but over the past decade, it's become serious business. Along with business partner Brian Petroff, Doug Quint has turned a single "Oh, we'll just try this for the summer" ice cream truck with a cheeky name into a national brand with brick-and-mortar shops, a wonderfully anarchic cookbook, and pints bearing their signature unicorn and sparkles ethos in grocery store freezers across the country. Quint opened up about his journey from music school to entrepreneurship, dealing with combative customers, and what he does to soothe his weird, wonderful brain.
Kim Severson Talks About Rabbits, Bad Men, and Stories That Stick in Your Soul
Nov 07, 2019 10:43

Kim Severson Talks About Rabbits, Bad Men, and Stories That Stick in Your Soul

You don't do Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism without asking tough, uncomfortable questions. New York Times food correspondent Kim Severson has made a much-lauded career out of finding the truth, beauty, and sometimes ugly humanity in the food system—and this time the tables are turned. Severson sat down for a deeply personal conversation about interviewing vulnerable people, deciding which stories to tell, and taking care of herself in the process.
Sean Brock Talks About His Grandma's Cellar, Leather Britches, and His New Book
Oct 31, 2019 56:57

Sean Brock Talks About His Grandma's Cellar, Leather Britches, and His New Book

It's a special edition of Communal Table recorded live onstage at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY for the debut of Sean Brock's new book South: Essential Recipes and New Explorations. Brock went deep on his grandmother's sour corn and leather britches, learning to value the food he grew up with, and trying to get his infant son to be less picky.
The Avett Brothers' Joe Kwon Talks About Food on Tour and the Pleasure of Silence
Oct 24, 2019 05:11

The Avett Brothers' Joe Kwon Talks About Food on Tour and the Pleasure of Silence

If it's a day that ends in "y" Joe Kwon is probably out on tour. He's the cellist for the band the Avett Brothers, whose 10th album "Closer Than Together" recently came out, and that means hitting the road for days and often weeks on end. For a man who finds home and connection through food, this could be a hardship, but he's turned it into a pleasure. Kwon raced down from rehearsal for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to talk about the massive family dinners of his childhood in North Carolina, his drive for musical excellence, and the Korean dishes he craves from his mom's kitchen.
Nancy Silverton Talks About Restaurant History and the Indomitable Will of Sourdough
Oct 17, 2019 10:53

Nancy Silverton Talks About Restaurant History and the Indomitable Will of Sourdough

When Nancy Silverton brought a jar of sourdough starter from New York's Sign of the Dove back home to Los Angeles in the 1980s, she had no idea that she would use it to grow an empire. On the 30th anniversary of La Brea Bakery, the chef, author, and entrepreneur reflects on the evolution of American restaurants, how she learned to trust her instincts, and why 23andMe should track her bread's family tree.
Philip Speer Talks About Recovery, Notoriety, and Accountability
Oct 10, 2019 00:44

Philip Speer Talks About Recovery, Notoriety, and Accountability

There are a few reasons why you might know Philip Speer's name. It could be that you're familiar with his long career in Austin restaurants, or the Comedor Run Club that he co-founded to keep the city's industry in balance. It might also be from the national news stories when he landed in jail after a fourth DWI. But he knows he has to talk about all of it—especially the uncomfortable parts—for the good of the industry and for his own wellbeing. Speer opened up about the daily work that goes into sobriety, how to have these difficult conversations with peers and loved ones, and why it's so important for him to give back.
Callie Speer Talks About Financing a Restaurant, Sobriety, and Why Tuesday Sucks
Oct 10, 2019 00:12

Callie Speer Talks About Financing a Restaurant, Sobriety, and Why Tuesday Sucks

Life comes at you quickly, as Callie Speer well knows. She'd long dreamed of opening her own restaurant, but was in an uphill struggle to get her life in order. Then came the shock and opportunity of a lifetime. Within a couple of weeks of leaving rehab, a space became available in downtown Austin, and she was able to put together a business plan and find the funds to open Holy Roller—an always-bouncing, all-day spot that just happens to be primarily run by women. Speer shared an intimate look at her journey to sobriety, how she and her staff support one another's wellbeing, and why it's OK if some days are better than others.